Word on the web is that Facebook’s rolling out a tool to stop revenge porn.
The way it works: Send your nudes to Facebook and they’ll make sure nobody spreads them across the network in an act of revenge.
It’s a tricky proposition because sending nudes to random people online ends in catastrophe nine out of 10 times…
…but that one time?
That one time out of 10 could end up saving the world.
This is that one time.
Could someone hack the database?
Nope. The system can’t be compromised.
Could a rogue employee get their hands on your pics?
Unless you deleted all of your digital profiles, your inbox is likely littered with privacy updates from websites, apps, and social networks.
You’re receiving them because Europe’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) go into effect this May 25th.
The 216-page regulations attempt to stop companies from collecting and using data without getting explicit consent from users.
Here are some key changes under GDPR:
Consent must be clear and distinguishable from other matters…
Companies will no longer be able to use long illegible terms and conditions full of legalese…
Organizations in breach of GDPR can be fined up to 4% of…
In 11,000 B.C., a woman named Eve picked an apple from the Garden of Eden. She looked at a man named Adam. He looked back at her. And then they had sex.
Chill was born.
In 2000, a man named Reed Hastings tried to sell a DVD mailing service to Blockbuster for $50 million. Blockbuster laughed at him and said no. Hastings went home and turned the service into the hottest name in entertainment.
Netflix was born.
Facebook employees have been dealing with so much shit lately I almost feel bad mentioning them, but fuck it.
When Mark Zuckerberg testified on Capitol Hill last month he said that AI was five to 10 years away from detecting hate speech online.
Five to 10 years in Silicon Valley time means “we don’t know,” but the main problem with that statement is that it’s a lie.
Last month one of the hottest trends in social networking made national headlines: DNA matching.
California detectives ended a decades-long search for the sadistic rapist and murderer known as the Golden State Killer by submitting DNA from one of his crime scenes to an open-source DNA database.
They were looking for familial matches.
They found matches consisting of third and fourth cousins that eventually led to DeAngelo’s great-great grandfather. The detectives then pored over census data, obituaries, and cemetery records to build 25 family trees comprising of 1,000 people.
One branch in the tree led to DeAngelo.
They set up…
Nothing in life is free.
The world got a lesson on that phrase earlier this month when Mark Zuckerberg testified on Capitol Hill.
In case you missed it, in digital lingo, “for free” means “for data.”
When the world was getting a reality check, Facebook was quietly rolling out a massive data-collection operation on non-Facebook users.
In March, Facebook launched Express Wi-Fi in Kenya, which now comprises of 1,000 hot-spots across 20 cities. Facebook supplied and installed equipment for Internet service providers to create Internet access points, and in return, the ISPs branded the Wi-Fi, “Powered by Facebook.”
Few Americans can imagine life without Internet.
Needless to say, we’re a digitally connected people.
But just 100 miles away, where the cigars and salsa music are legendary, the Internet looks very different.
Last week Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni warned people of immoral practices that were corrupting society. “One of them is what they call oral sex,” he said. “The mouth is for eating, not for sex.”
The audience got a good chuckle from that one, but few were laughing a month earlier when he warned of another practice that was corrupting society: Gossip, or lugambo, if you speak Lugwere.
He was specifically talking about social media gossip.
He’s sick of people talking shit online and wants them to pay consequences for their actions — by taxing them.
In March he…
A couple years ago I backpacked solo through a dozen countries.
Bringing just a backpack meant efficient packing was essential, and two of the most important things I packed were my smartphone and my backup smartphone.
I couldn’t fathom traveling without them. I planned to meet up with people along the way so technology would lead to a smarter, funner, more efficient trip.
Plus, I could show off on Instagram.
At the end of my trip, I lost my cell phone and haven’t used the Internet the same way since, but before I get to that story, here are some…
The Internet has spoiled us.
We have an endless buffet of fake news to stuff our brains with. Sloppy journalism, satire, fabrication, and propaganda are everywhere.
We couldn’t consume enough bullshit if we tried. Unless, of course, it contradicted our beliefs. Then fuck that.
When a Macedonian teen realized he could make $10,000 a month posting delicious headlines to Facebook, he did. When asked whether he felt guilty about it he said, “I didn’t force anyone to give me money.”
Last year, a Costa Rica resident started a fake news website as a joke. …